My husband was given a Buy A Gift voucher for his 50th and we decided on the Old Cider House. I'm glad we did.
We travelled down from Birmingham on the motorbike, taking in Avebury and Wells Cathedral on the way and were greeted by Ian who showed us where we could securely park the bike up and then showed us to our room, the Castle Room. The room was light and airy with a very comfy bed, tea and coffee making facilities, some sherry in a decanter, extra blankets, en suite, and a lovely view of Castle Street and the stream that runs down it.
We had tea and cake in the sitting room (well, Ozzy had most of the cake!) and then went out to sample the beer at the 3 local pubs.
Dinner was at 7.30, preceded by a glass of Ian's extremely tasty homemade beer. As a few of the other guests weren't present for dinner, there was space for Ian and Lynne to join us in the dining room to eat which made it feel more like going round to friends' for a meal rather than being served at a guest house. The other guests who did join us for dinner were very easy company too and there was a lovely (and lively) atmosphere.
The food was excellent and all Basque inspired - cabbage and chorizo soup followed by a beautifully seasoned chicken breast on a bed of flavoured rice. Dessert was a lemon tart and ice cream. Ozzy then helped to clear the tables (if you've read other reviews, you'll be aware of his napkin trick) and a few of us wandered back down the road for a pint at one of the local pubs.
After a very restful night's sleep we headed down to breakfast a 9. I'd opted for cereal and toast, my husband for Continental which included a delicious (warm) orange muffin which I quickly snaffled! The full breakfasts that other guests were having looked and smelled lovely too.
All in all, our stay was very comfortable and enjoyable and we hope to return one day soon to do some walking in what is a beautiful part of the country.
Thanks Ian and Lynne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We run the sort of guesthouse that we would want to stay at. That's why we cook good simple food, buy locally and have our own microbrewery. We are relaxed, un-stuffy and welcome dogs. A great place for walking, mountain biking, sightseeing and, above all, relaxing. So, turn off the Blackberry and have a good time. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Cider House Hotel Nether Stowey
- The Old Cider House Nether Stowey, Somerset